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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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You Cannot Prepare

You Cannot Prepare

Rehearsing Grief/Romanticizing Death

Chapter:
(p.101) 16 You Cannot Prepare
Source:
The Weeping Willow
Author(s):

Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.003.0016

This chapter discusses issues concerning rehearsing grief and romanticizing death, describing the cause of Ofira, a mother in her forties, who is so afraid that one or all of her children will die. It explains that no amount of imagining or rehearsing for the death of a child will help a parent prepare for the impact of their death and suggests that energy used in imagining or rehearsing for a death could be better spent in nurturing the cherished relationship.

Keywords:   grief, death, children, parents, cherished relationship

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